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The story behind how this session came to be is almost as exciting as the recording itself. Baltimore’s Left Bank Jazz Society was formed in 1964 by a group devoted to promoting and preserving jazz in the city. Soon the organization was hosting weekly concerts featuring outstanding local, national, and international jazz performers. In the mid-eighties noted jazz producer Joel Dorn began to follow-up on rumours that these Sunday afternoon concerts had been taped. Well, the rumours were true! Mr. Dorn spent the next 14 years trying to secure the rights to this bonanza. Stan Getz: “Live” At The Left Bank is the first of many historic sessions Mr. Dorn’s new Label M will release over the next three or four years. “Live” At The Left Bank was recorded with amazing clarity by Vernon Welsh on a home tape recorder at the Famous Ballroom, May 20, 1975. It preserves for all time what the lyrical tenor saxophonist sounded like performing at a “typical” one-nighter. Listeners who know Getz only from his Girl From Ipanema days will be surprised to hear that Stan could not only play ballads that would break your heart, but he could also wail with the best. Check out Invitation and Fiesta for the proof. Mr. Dorn states in his liner notes, “Stan Getz is the baddest white guy to ever play the saxophone.” I couldn’t agree with him more. ####
I was first exposed to jazz when I was studying at the University of Puerto Rico. Nearby, I found a little record shop where the music coming from the store (Taller de Jazz Don Pedro) made me stop. I walked down the short stairs and towards the music and learned that the music playing was Clifford Brown and Max Roach
I was first exposed to jazz when I was studying at the University of Puerto Rico. Nearby, I found a little record shop where the music coming from the store (Taller de Jazz Don Pedro) made me stop. I walked down the short stairs and towards the music and learned that the music playing was Clifford Brown and Max Roach. I fell in love with it. I wondered around until the owner (Pedro Soto) asked if I needed help. He then introduced me to John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Gerry Mulligan and the rest is history. I walked out of the store with my first jazz recording: Clifford Brown and Max Roach at Basin Street.